Marvel Super Heroes #5 (Thing)
Issue(s): Marvel Super Heroes #5 (Thing story only)
The Thing's "trike" breaks down, and he wanders the desert until he finds an enclave hidden underneath a NORAD testing city. The citizens of the city are all deformed or handicapped from nuclear testing.
They seem happy enough there, and are very accepting of the Thing.
But it eventually comes out that the group has been tricked to stay there by a government agent who wants to make sure that they never sue the government. And they are also being observed for study. Still, as far as conspiracies go, it's a relatively benign one.
The only action is when the Thing is attacked by a robot after he gets close to learning the truth about the colony.
I'd say that i could see why this issue didn't get published at the time, but it's not like the stuff that did get published was all that great.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: This takes place after the Thing returns to Earth from the Secret Wars Battleplanet and has his fight with the Fantastic Four that causes him to continue to stay away from the team. The Thing is using a "trike" (a three-wheeled motorcycle), whereas early in his post-Secret Wars solo series he was traveling by bus, so maybe this takes place between Thing #27-28, with Wrench maybe having whipped up the trike for him to ride around in between his gigs with Team America. This story is narrated from some point after the Human Torch and "Alicia" got married (and maybe that's a clue as to when this story was made; certainly as to when it was scripted), but with things like this i usually ignore the narration for placement purposes.
Continuity Insert? Y
My Reprint: N/A
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